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The Hanover to Insure Technology-Based Equipment for Businesses


Equipment breakdown protection now extends to microelectronics, cloud computing services and other complex technologies

WORCESTER, Mass., Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE: THG) has introduced significant new enhancements to its equipment breakdown protection to include modern, technology-based equipment, including microelectronics and cloud computing services, to help businesses resume operations even if sensitive and complex equipment is damaged.

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Small and midsized businesses long have relied on traditional equipment breakdown insurance to protect things such as boilers, heating systems or refrigeration units against sudden and accidental physical damage that required equipment to be replaced. However, the more modern equipment risks of today contain sensitive and fragile technology that can be easily damaged, along with expanding system complexity and interdependency, which can increase the likelihood of a breakdown.

"Any equipment breakdown insurance can cover the traditional equipment risks," said John C. Roche, president of commercial lines at The Hanover. "For most businesses, though, that doesn't provide the comprehensive protection they truly need. We've exceeded the traditional coverages by adding protection for the modern, complex equipment that is a critical component of many businesses."

The company has expanded its robust traditional equipment breakdown protection to include the following coverages, making The Hanover one of the first carriers to bring these new offerings to market:

  • Microelectronics: Covers breakdowns that require microelectronics to be replaced, whether or not physical damage is visible
  • Cloud computing service interruption: Adds cloud computing services to service interruption coverage
  • Service interruption data restoration: Covers cost for data restoration when data is lost due to a covered service interruption
  • Off premises business income, extra expense and data restoration: Extends payment for off-premises equipment breakdown to include business income, extra expense and data restoration, in addition to physical damage

The company has also added coverage for public relations assistance to help manage a reputation that may be damaged by an interruption of business.

In addition to the new enhancements, the company partners with Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB) to provide jurisdictional inspections of boilers and pressure vessels as a value-add service for customers. Since inspections are required by many state and local governments, this built-in benefit saves clients from the added cost of local fees in many jurisdictions. The company also partners with HSB to offer infrared technology surveys to help customers detect problems in their electrical equipment.

These enhancements are already available for The Hanover's agent partners on business owner's policies and will be included on commercial package property and monoline property policies with effective dates on or after Dec. 15. To learn more about The Hanover, please visit hanover.com.

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc., based in Worcester, Mass., is the holding company for several property and casualty insurance companies, which together constitute one of the largest insurance businesses in the United States. For more than 160 years, The Hanover has provided a wide range of property and casualty products and services to individuals, families, and businesses. The Hanover distributes its products through a select group of independent agents and brokers. Together with its agents, the company offers specialized coverages for small and mid-sized businesses, as well as insurance protection for homes, automobiles, and other personal items. Through its international member company, Chaucer, The Hanover also underwrites business at Lloyd's of London in several major insurance and reinsurance classes, including marine, property and energy. For more information, please visit hanover.com.



Emily P. Trevallion

Abby M. Clark






All products are underwritten by The Hanover Insurance Company or one of its insurance company subsidiaries or affiliates ("The Hanover"). Coverage may not be available in all jurisdictions and is subject to the company underwriting guidelines and the issued policy. This material is provided for informational purposes only and does not provide any coverage. For more information about The Hanover visit our website at www.hanover.com.

©2016 The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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